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Iowa a place to grow Carroll Daily Times Herald Vol. 105 — No. 96 Return Postage Guaranteed Carroll Iowa, Tuesday. April 23, 1974 — Twelve Pages Delivered by Carrier Boy Each Evening for BOc Per Week 1 C — Single I3C Copy Tenold Given 21 Days to Act on Contract The question of whether County School Superintendent Lyle 0. Tenold will accept a contract for the coming school year remained unanswered Monday night. Tenold, who has been under fire from the board since last December, was given 21 days to either accept or reject his contract after the board of education changed portions of the document, which he had signed and returned to the board. The contract for Tenold, which carried a $500-a-year salary cut from last year, was tendered to the administrator in March as a compromise between forces on the board seeking his resignation and forces supporting him. But Tenold said after the contract was tendered he felt he deserved a raise, and said then he did not know whether he would sign and accept the contract. The superintendent did accept the contract, as did all county school personnel, but said after the board's action at the special meeting Monday that he wanted 21 days to decide whether to accept the altered document. Two sections of the contract, dealing with the surety bond for the superintendent and summer school, were challenged by Board President Dr. Michael J. Hall. The contract reads the $10,000 bond for the superintendent will be paid from the general fund. But Hall, citing criticism by the state auditor of having the cost of the bond paid for from the general fund, said he felt the superintendent should pay the cost of the bond. Hall said the auditor has said there is no place in the Iowa Code which allows the bond to be paid for from the general fund. Tenold said Hall's motion that the contract be changed to read that the superintendent pay the bond did not matter to him "because I've been paying it myself anyway." The motion was approved unanimously after Tenold and the board agreed it "did not disturb the contract." The second section of the contract which Hall challenged stated that the superintendent may attend summer school at a recognized college or university in excess of his four-week vacation without loss of annual salary. Hall suggested that paragraph be eliminated entirely from the contract. That motion failed when Ivan Opperman, Robert Center and Wesley Thomas voted against it, and Hall and Edgar Snyder voted in favor of the motion. But a substitute motion, stating the superintendent can attend summer school with the board's permission before he attends, was passed 4-1 with Hall voting against the measure. Tencld said he wanted the summer school section in his contract because "it's a professional courtesy to allow people to attend summer school" and because "it's been in the contract before and there's a good chance I may be attending school this summer." Opperman said he favored the summer school section because he said sometimes the only time to further an education is in.the summer. But Hall pressed Tenold for the amount of time he had spent attending school since he became county school superintendent here. Tenold responded he had attended school six days since he came to Carroll County and said, "that's why I feel it should be allowed in the contract." After the contract votes, Hall asked Tenold, "do you wish to make those changes GOP Adopts Wide Range of Resolutions Acting on suggestions from County Chairman Douglas Polking, Breda, Carroll County Republicans Monday night passed a wide range of resolutions at their precinct caucuses. Resolutions dealing with praise for President Nixon and the Republican administration of Iowa to recommendations on liquor sales were among those passed. The Republicans also elected delegates to the county convention, scheduled for June 14 at the Carroll County Club. Two lengthy resolutions, one commending President Nixon and the other commending the administration of Iowa, came out of the Carroll Second Ward caucus, along with a resolution dealing with the state's treasury surplus and one criticizing the state Democratic party for accepting funds from the Milk Producers Cooperative and "out-of-state" campaign dollars. The resolution dealing with the President urged "Richard Milhouse Nixon be commended for his great leadership" in foreign policy, domestic policy and "in his determination to remain in office in spite of the efforts of his enemies to force his resignation." The resolution also stated that Carroll County Republicans have faith in the president "in his handling of the Watergate affair." The Nixon resolution cited his ending the Vietnam War, cooling of the cold war with Russia, friendly relations with the Chinese Republic and "great strides in bringing about a peaceful settlement in the Mid-east as points under the foreign policy topic. The resolution commended a domestic policy "that has repeatedly placed men on the moon; that has produced the highest standard of living that nas ever existed in the history of the world; that has wrestled with the world-wide problems of inflation and maintained one of the lowest rates of inflation in the world; that has changed the rate of foreign Johnson to Resign VA Post WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald E. Johnson, sharply criticized on both sides of Capitol Hill and by several veterans organizations, plans to resign as head of the Veterans Administration. But administration sources reject suggestions that he is being fired as administrator of the sprawling agency that provides benefits for 29 million veterans. One well-placed source said Johnson had planned for more than a year to return to private life when his term expires June 23. Johnson announced his resignation plans on Monday after President Nixon's chief of staff Alexander M. Haig Jr. met with congressional veterans affairs committee leaders and later with Johnson. Johnson said he had enjoyed his five years "of dedicated service" to the veterans and considered that his administration achieved a great record. But critics frequently charged his administration was — as one out it — one of "frustrating inefficiency and bureaucratic bungling." There also have been charges that the VA under Johnson had become a "dumping ground" for former exchange from a negative balance to a positive balance; and that has carried the country through the early problems of our first energy crisis without serious suffering on the part of any of the people of the United States." Donald E. Johnson Nixon campaigners. In March. Nixon ordered Johnson to head a management team to study complaints about paperwork snarls and VA.hospital conditions. A national commander of the American Legion in 1964, the 49-year-old Johnson left a successful farm supply business in Iowa to head the agency. Speculation about possible successors centered on Fred B. Rhodes, former top aide to Johnson, former Rep. Richard L. Roudebush of Indiana, who succeeded Rhodes, former Sen. Gordon Allott of Colorado and Rep. Olin E. Teague of Texas, ranking Democrat on the House Veterans Affairs Committee. There have been rumors that Johnson plans to run for public office in Iowa. Safetv Poster Winners — Winners in the safety poster contest sponsored by Carroll Council No. 543, United Commercial Travelers of America display the first place posters in each of the three grade level divisions. From left, first row, are Amy Bier"!, second, Lisa Klahn, first, and Carol Longnecker, first, all of Carroll; second row, Kaylene Lenz, Carroll, first, Cheryl Sporrer, Decham, second; and Mary Jo Lappe, Carroll, —Staff Photo second. Other winners not pictured are Julie Rupiper, Rosalie, Michelle Rupiper, rur;U Carroll, and Lois Nobiling, Glidden. Thuninp posters will be displayed in the old J. C. Penney building. The resolution dealing with the Republican administration of Iowa stated: "The Honorables Gov. Robert D. Ray, Lt. Gov. Arthur A. Neu and Speaker Andrew P. Varley and members of the Iowa General Assembly be commended for their successful efforts in passage of progressive legislation and the finding of satisfactory solutions to predominant problems facing our state and its people. "These accomplishments having been made by a GOP, See Page 9 Low-cost Checkups Offered to Elderly WAUKON, Iowa (AP) — For $1 apiece, elderly area residents of this northeast Iowa farmin'g community have received complete physical examinations which detected ailments that might have killed some of them. "So often the doctors and I noticed that a lot of older people are still coming to the hospital in very deplorable physical condition." said the Rev. Arlin Adams, explaining the reason for the low-cost checkups. "We saw that they had waited too long, and when they came for health care it was too late." Fewer Fresh Vegetables WASHINGTON (AP) Consumers can expect fewer fresh vegetables on store counters this spring, but the Agriculture Department says no serious shortages are anticipated except for potatoes. Producers of major fresh market vegetables planted 4 per cent fewer acres this spring, the department's Outlook and Situation Board said Monday. Production may be down even more sharply, perhaps 5 per cent below a year ago, officials said. "Spring melon acreage is also down slightly and is sharply less than 1972," the report said. But officials added that ''fresh vegetable imports, mainly from Mexico, have been running very close to the record" set last year. The report said large supplies of onions are expected this spring, a sharp turnaround from a year ago when smaller output sent onion prices soaring. • Potatoes, however, will continue to be costly in the weeks ahead. Officials said potato stockpiles on April 1 were down 9 per cent from a yaar earlier. per cent from a year earlier. Pastor Adams, a Lutheran and former administrator of the 42-bed, city owned Veterans Memorial Hospital, helped spearhead the program. The examinations at the hospital were made possible through Operation: Health Saving, an innovative. 2-year-old endeavor that combined the town's medical and volunteer resources. "The significance of the Waukon experiment is that the medical and supportive personnel donated their time," said Donald Dunn, executive vice president of the Iowa Hospital Association. He said Monday the program "points up the basic weakness of the Medicare and Medicaid" health care insurance for the elderly. For the same diagnostic services given in Waukon for $1, he said. Medicare patients elsewhere must pay the first $84 of the total charge. "It doesn't sound like much, but to an aged person on a limited income, it's an appreciable barrier to obtain the health care they need," Dunn said. "Waukon eliminated that barrier, marshaled its forces and provided those services for its elderly." Pastor Adams, 60, a retired 28-year Army chaplain, said neither Medicare nor Medicaid "gives any sort of preventive health care. They wait until you're sick, then drag you in." "The government could save thousands of lives with just something like we're doing. Prevention is still better than a cure. "If one hospital in every county in the nation would do this, it would also save taxpayers untild millions of dollars." Area Forecast Fair and a little warmer Tuesday night, lows in low to mid 40s. Increasing cloudiness and warmer Wednesday, highs in mid to upper 60s. and sign the contract tonight, or take another 21 days?" Tenold said he would wait. In other action, the board passed a motion approving the aide program for special education classes and authorizing both the superintendent and the board president to sign requisitions for payments to the aides and substitute teachers. The action came after Tenold said he would refuse to sign the requisitions in the future unless the board president also signed them. Bruce Lombard and David Farrell, psychologists for the county system, told the board that new and expanded programs under the proposed learning disabilities program will not be offered to private schools in the county until court action is completed on a bill passed by the Legislature. Farrell said there is now an injunction against a bill which would have given private schools $30 per student of state funds for direct teaching services. Farrell said programs already in existence in the private schools can be continued, but no new programs added. 11 When we wrote the program for learning Board, See Page 2 Pins for Volunteens — Four Volunteens received pins for completing 200 hours of volunteer work at St. Anthony Regional Hospital and Nursing Home during a dinner honoring the youth group Monday night at the hospital cafeteria. From left are Nancy Brincks and Doris Seidl, Roselle, Peggy Juergens, Scranton, and Vickie Nelson, Carroll. Miss Brincks is a high -Staff Photo school senior, Miss Seidl a junior, and the other two girls are sophomores. Other girls who will receive 200 hour awards are Debbie Broich, Bonnie Brown and Doris Hoffman. Fair Labor Standards Act Impact Being Felt By Iowa Daily Press Association DES MOINES - The state and local units of government are just beginning to feel the impact of the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act. The act mandates paying minimum wages and overtime to employees of public agencies. The act was signed into law by President Nixon on April 8, and becomes effective on May 1. The act covers state employees and most of those employed by a political subdivision. It does not apply to administrative, executive or professional employees. Therefore, teachers apparently are exempt. It would apply to counties, cities and towns and certain other public employees, such as a clerical employee of a school board. State Comptroller Marvin Selden doesn't foresee any immediate budgetary problems for state agencies since the state has generally met or exceeded the minimum wage scale and has paid overtime in some instances, particularly where overtime was necessitated by inclement weather. Cities and towns will probably be placed in a financial bind since their budgets have been set for 18 months. Starting last Jan. 1 cities and towns have been on an 18-month budget which runs through June 30, 1975. It's part of the-change-over to a fiscal year. Basically all governmental employees will fall under the wage and hour law. Beginning May 1 the minimum wage will be $1.90 per hour. On Jan. 1, 1975 the rate goes to $2 per hour, then to $2.20 one year later, and to $2.30 on Jan. 1, 1977. The basic work-week will be 40 hours and public agencies will have to pay time and a half over that. Compensatory time is outlawed. There are some exceptions to the overtime rule. For example, policemen and firemen will be phased in under this system. Come next January their maximum work-week will be 60 hours; overtime will have to be paid beyond that. The work-week for policemen and firemen is reduced to 56 hours in 1976 and to 54 hours on Jan. 1, 1977. After that the work-week will be determined by the Secretary of Labor on the basis of a nationwide survey. Robert E. Hays, Executive Director of the Iowa League of Municipalities, reports that most city fire departments around the state are on a 56-hour work-week. "Revenue for cities and towns was pretty well established six months ago," Hays said, "based on conditions existing at that time. They can't get any more tax money so they will have to concentrate on cutting back." Hays believes cities and towns will have two major options: reducing personnel or cutting back on the purchase of supplies. Alcoholism Bill Approved by the Senate DES MOINES. Iowa (AP)Both the House and Senate passed several important pieces of legislation Monday as the second session of the 65tH General Assembly entered its 14th week. The Senate passed 38-6 and sent to the House! a bill to combine the state's two alcoholism treatment programs. The measure would make it possible for persons picked up for intoxication to elect to receive treatment for alcoholism rather than be arreste-d and charged with drunkenness. An amendment to that bill provides that counties would pay 25 per cent of the cost of treatment for alcoholics rather than the 50 per cent currently paid by counties. The program is expected to cost the state about $1.25 million next year. A new division under the State Health Department would combine the services formerly divided between the State Alcoholism Commission and the alcoholism functions of the State Office for Planning and Programming. The Senate also gave final legislative approval to a bill designed to make it easier for handicapped persons to cross streets. The bill, which now goes to the governor, would require that all curbs along public streets be constructed with cutouts and ramps to enable persons using wheelchairs and crutches to more easily use crosswalks. The House passed and sent to the governor a bill to give the Iowa Employment Security Commission a $465,130 supplemental appropriation for operation of the Iowa Public Employes Retirement System (IPERS). o The House also passed a resolution to resume lighting the State Capitol dome which has been unlit for several months as an energy conservation measure. Six appropriations bills were passed by the House, including measures to provide $1.8 million to complete a fish hatchery at Lake Rathbun, $1,004^000 to complete conversion of the state police radio network from low band to high band, and $.360.000 for three new Highway Patrol district off ices. The House also passed bills to expand the purposes for which the schoolhouse tax may be used and increased the per diem pay for township trustees from $4 to $8. The Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved for floor debate a bill to give board of regents employes a 7.5 per cent pay increase. The measure would also appropriate more than $14 million to the regents for new building projects.